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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
from North Edisto are all anchored in Stono river. Sir
Henry Clinton's plan seems to be to establish his place of
arms and magazines at Wappoo, and either force the passes
of Ashley river, or avoid them by making a circuitous march
by way of or above Bacon's Bridge. We continue to strength-
en our works and prepare for his approaches. The garrison
of Fort Moultrie and a number of negroes are employed in
improving that post, and the Commodore is contriving an
obstacle which will delay the passage of the enemy's ships,
and subject them to such a cross fire as I hope they will not
survive." [Col'. John Laurens.]
" 14th March. The enemy erected another battery of two
heavy cannon, south side of Ashley river, about Hervey's,
above the other, and a bomb battery upon a rising ground
between the two gun batteries. The latter never played."
15th March. A colonel's command, kept for some time
at Ashley ferry, this side, were withdrawn this day, and
marched clown to Gibbs's, about one and a half miles from
our lines, where we had a picquet before. Only 25 men, for
a look out, left at the ferry." [McIntosh.]
" 16th March. The light infantry of Hogan's brigade
ordered to relieve the command at Gibbs's. Twelve sail of
shipping seen off the bar." [McIntosh.]
" 17th March. My family, servants, horses, &c., were
moved yesterday to new quarters, Mr. Lowndes's house, where
Gen. Hogan lodged, near Ferguson's ; and early this morning
went to it myself." [McIntosh.]
" 18th March. The enemy's ships off the bar disappeared
being stormy last night." [McIntosh.]
"18th March. Charleston. I am happy to say that to
this day we may still convey letters to you. The enemy
have made but little progress since you left us. They are
still fortifying themselves at James Island. They have with-
drawn their post at Stono, and levelled their works at that
place. Our horse keeps still at or near Bacon's Bridge. Their
fleet is still off the bar, waiting, I suppose, for the spring tide
to-morrow or next day. This day has been rainy, and this
evening the wind is inclined to north-west; but should they
come in, I still think chances are in our favour. Their fleet